For incoming students, the art you create at SAIC will be completely different from the art you are creating now. You and your work will change and be a culmination of ALL your experiences at SAIC, from the hallway conversations with friends to rigorous studio critiques to meetings with artists who have changed the world.

So, although what you will create is unknown, what is known is that your work will positively add to the visual landscape we all inhabit.

As a prospective student of the visual arts, you will need to submit a portfolio of your best work. This will give us a sense of you, your interests,  and your willingness to experiment, explore, and think beyond technical skills.

Like our unique interdisciplinary curriculum, our approach to what we want to see in a portfolio is distinctive as well. There is no one “right way” to construct a portfolio—you choose what to present to give us an understanding of your technical and conceptual skill set. 

SlideRoom ePortfolio:

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago requires that all applicants upload their work electronically through SlideRoom. You may access your SlideRoom account through SAIC's member screen within the Common Application under the Portfolio section. Please make sure your web browser has been updated to its latest version.

Guidelines for submitting work:

We strongly encourage you to meet with us at one of our events or on campus for individualized feedback about your portfolio. 

Visit Portfolio Requirements by Degree Program for more detailed information regarding portfolios. 

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